Gokarna Beach: A Guide To India's Coastal Paradise

Tripoto
11th Aug 2017
Photo of Gokarna Beach: A Guide To India's Coastal Paradise by Yashita Mahajan

Gokarna, Karnataka is a bliss for people who love hiking,beaches and peaceful nature walks. A constant view of the sea make the treks even more enjoyable. If you’re planning a trip to this place any time soon make sure you visit these 5 absolutely beautiful beaches in Gokarna.

Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Yashita Mahajan

A heaven for sunset, seafood and sea lovers, this beach is one of the most popular beaches in Gokarna. The Om Beach traces the shape of the Hindu Symbol of Om. One can go here in the evening to enjoy the sunset by the beach followed by a delicious sea food dinner.

Namaste Cafe, Om Beach

Photo of Namaste Cafe, Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Yashita Mahajan

We had lunch in Namaste Cafe, which is the most famous cafe on the beach, and enjoyed the sunset from the rocky beach side. Dolphin Bay is another cafe that I would personally suggest for its great food and price. (Try their delicious Fish Curry with Rice) .

Dolphin Bay Cafe, Om Beach

Photo of Dolphin Bay Cafe, Om Beach Road, Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Yashita Mahajan

You can take a ferry ride from the Om beach to see the near by beaches and popular spots like the lighthouse, half moon beach, paradise beach,or simply trek to these places.

One can easily hike from the Om beach or the Gokarna beach to reach here. This beach is absolutely the best place to play volleyball, frisbee, football or do slack lining. You can find alot of vendors selling gem stone jewelry or a few foreigners selling chocolate balls and coffee on the beach.

Slack lining on the Kudle Beach

Photo of Kudle Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Yashita Mahajan

On the way to the Kudle beach , you can easily find a lot of hostels and hotels offering Yoga sessions in the mornings and evenings.

Clean beaches, a lot of shacks, fun filled atmosphere, a lengthy coastline-Kudle beach has it all, and is one of the best beaches in Gokarna

The Half Moon Beach is a very secluded and a small beach. One can reach this beach either by a trek from the Om beach or by taking a ferry from the same. This beach does not have many shacks, and is not crowded at all. It comes on the way to the Paradise beach. Though not very popular, this place is a very calm and clean, perfect to take a dip in the sea and enjoy the calmness.

Halfmoon Beach

Photo of Half Moon Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Yashita Mahajan

The serenity of this place was indeed different and special. One can either reach this beach by trekking or by taking a ferry ride from the Om beach. You can stay overnight on this beach, only by pitching your own tents. No other accommodation facility is available there. The beach is extremely clean and a bunch of local vendors can be found selling tea, fruits and snacks.

Paradise Beach

Photo of Paradise Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Yashita Mahajan

At the night you can see luminescent planktons on the beach, and this is what indeed makes this beach special.

If you can trek, then I would totally suggest you to hike till paradise beach instead of taking the ferry. This beach was absolutely my favourite in Gokarna.

Enroute Paradise Beach

Photo of Gokarna Beach: A Guide To India's Coastal Paradise by Yashita Mahajan

This beach is usually the most crowded beach in Gokarna since its the Main beach and is the closest from the Mahabaleshwar Temple. The Mahabaleshwar temple is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea in the holy town and enshrines the Atma Lingam of Lord Shiva.

This place can be perfect for street shopping, and having local street food. You can try out Prema Restaurant to enjoy delicious and cheap vegetarian food.

View of the Gokarna Beach from Zostel

Photo of Gokarna Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Yashita Mahajan
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